Qatari Shura Council elects first speaker of parliament

Qatari Shura Council elected Tuesday Hassan bin Abdullah Al-Ghanim as the first Speaker of parliament following first legislative elections held in the Gulf country.
37 out of 45 total members of the Shura Council voted in favour of Al-Ghanim, reports say.
Mubarak bin Matar Al-Kuwari, the other candidate for the top seat garnered eight votes.
In his maiden speech, Al Ghanim indicated that the council “will help the government push the wheel of growth forward, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports citing Anadolu news agency.
Qataris headed to polls on October 02 to elect members of the council which is advisory body that tasked to discuss and approve general state policies, budgets and draft law proposals.
The citizens elected 30 members of the council while the country’s ruler Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani appointed 15. The legislative elections were the first ever held in the tiny-gas rich country.

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